Funding Opportunities for Farmers

BC Climate Agri-Solutions Fund (BCCAF) – BCCAF’s objective is to support farmers in adopting beneficial management practices (BMPs) that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases, specifically in the areas of: Nitrogen Management, Cover Cropping, and Rotational Grazing.

The cost share ratio is 70/30 for all BMP categories, meaning that 70% of the eligible costs for approved projects can be covered by BCCAF funding, up to the maximum funding amount for that category. The remaining 30% must be provided by the applicant. Applications open until October 14th, 2022.

The Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture Program  helps B.C. farmers and ranchers prepare for extreme weather events. The program will support up to $1.5 million in projects this year to help farmers conduct risk assessments and make infrastructure upgrades on their farms. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • FireSmart Critical Infrastructures Assessments
  • Farm building retrofits for wildfire preparedness
  • Improved on-farm fuel storage and well protection for flood preparedness
  • Reconfiguration of high-value feed storage for flood preparedness
  • Farm building retrofits to improve cooling during extreme heat events
  • Enhancing watering and shade to mitigate crop and livestock heat stress
  • Infrastructure improvements to support tree and berry canopy cooling as well as shade and heat protection for harvested fruit, berry or vegetable crops

The AgriStability Program helps stabilize farm income by managing the risk of large income declines. Market disruptions, global uncertainty, drought conditions, floods and forest fires can all create financial challenges that affect your bottom line. The AgriStability program is based on the income and expenses of individual farms.

The B.C. Indigenous Agriculture Development Program supports Indigenous peoples’ success in the food and agriculture sector. The program offers two streams of support:

  1. Indigenous Governments, Communities and Organizations
  2.  Indigenous Entrepreneurs

Beneficial Management Practices Program (BMP) – The Beneficial Management Practices Program (BMP) is funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The BMP Program is an on-farm cost-share incentive program to assist farm and ranch operations to mitigate some of the risks identified in the farm-specific Environmental Farm Plans (EFPs). To be eligible to apply you must have a valid EFP. Applications are currently being accepted and will close August 10th.

Eligible projects include:

  • Waste management
  • Air quality control
  • Emissions control
  • Soil and riparian integrity
  • Water quality
  • Environmental impacts

Financial Support for Losses Due to Wildfires, Heat, and Drought –  The governments of B.C. and Canada are providing financial support for B.C. farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses through wildfires, record heat and prolonged drought in 2021. The support is being delivered through several programs to help sustain farmers’ and ranchers’ livelihoods, family farms and contributions to the province’s food security. Farmers can apply to enrol until Dec. 31, 2022.

BC Agri-Business Planning Program – The B.C. Agri-Business Planning Program supports producers and food processors through three business planning streams:

  1. Business Plan Coaching
  2. Business Disaster Recovery Planning
  3. Specialized Business Planning

Applications for the Business Disaster Recovery Planning stream will be prioritized.

The Buy BC Partnership Program is one of the key elements of the enhanced Buy BC Program and is administered on behalf of the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Foods and Fisheries by IAF. The Program includes a licensing component and a cost-shared funding component.

Food Business Refresh – free program to help rejuvenate small-scale food processors through virtual workshops, one-to-one coaching, and more. The program is currently full, join the waitlist.

Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation – This is a pilot project to directly advance sustainable agricultural practices by providing financial support for on-farm projects, education, and on-farm research that increases or develops a farm’s ecological or environmental sustainability. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conservation of natural resources such as water
  • Improving on-farm cohabitation with native plants or wildlife
  • Reduced pollution of soil, water or air
  • Waste reduction (e.g. reduction of single-use plastics)
  • Increase of on-farm composting, repurposing or recycling of farm waste

The Livestock Tag Reader Rebate program is funded under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. This program provides cost-share funding for the implementation of livestock tag readers (hand-held or panel readers), reader installation, related software, and related equipment training.

Employment support

Get youth working Province of BC – Grant –  The Program offers Employment Counselling, Job Entry Skills, Certificate Training, Paid Work Experience, Mentoring and Post Job Placement Support to eligible youth 17-29 years of age.  Employers that hire and train eligible youth and provide full-time sustainable employment are eligible for a negotiated Wage Subsidy incentive.

Go2HR Job Board – Job board – Go2HR has opened its tourism and hospitality-focused job board to include the agriculture and food processing sector. This provides a unique opportunity to connect interested tourism and hospitality employees with employment opportunities in agriculture. Producers and processors can post their job vacancies on the job board for free there.

B.C. Farm, Fish & Food Job Connector – Make a connection with the BC Farm, Fish and Food Job Connector which puts employers in touch with job seekers interested in agriculture, seafood and food processing careers.